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U.S. Farm Industry Drowning in Debt

UNITED STATES – Government numbers show just how much farmers are struggling. USDA information shows the U.S. agriculture industry is more than $426 billion in debt. The average farm was $1.3 million in debt in 2017 according to Nebraska Farm Business. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says net farm income has also dropped by nearly half since its peak six…

Local Conference is Cultivating Relationship Between Agriculture and Technology

More than 20 speakers touched on things like innovative farm equipment and how technology impacts each industry of agriculture

Emerging Prairie brings farmers, agtech company founders, software developers and many more to their second annual Cultivate Conference. It focuses on the relationship between agriculture and technology. More than 20 speakers touched on things like innovative farm equipment and how technology impacts each industry of agriculture. Emerging Prairie provides this platform for entrepreneurs and farmers to work with one another…

Klobuchar and Peterson Meet With Ag Leaders and Growers About Bipartisan Farm Bill

The two traveled to American Crystal Sugar in Moorhead to discuss the 2018 harvest and regional farming issues

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Collin Peterson met with area growers and leaders to discuss the need for a bipartisan farm bill. The two traveled to American Crystal Sugar in Moorhead to discuss the 2018 harvest and regional farming issues. As the weather has warmed up, their worries have lessened but some priorities still remain; protecting…

Princess Kay of the Milky Way Is Getting Her Moment In Butter

Minnesota State Fair Opened Thursday Morning And Ends On Labor Day

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — Princess Kay of the Milky Way is getting her likeness sculpted into a 90-pound block of butter on the Minnesota State Fair’s opening day. 20-year-old Rebekka Paskewitz, a college student from Browerville, represented Todd County last night and was crowned the 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. She will serve as the official goodwill ambassador…

German Folk Festival Celebrates Traditional Culture

There was music, food, and art

FARGO, N.D. — If you want to experience all things German without leaving town, then the German Folk Festival is the place for you. The festival featured everything from live music to food to art on display. The Bockfest Boys and Dale Dahmen and the Beats performed traditional polka music. People of all ages could also enjoy crafts like wood carving…

Farmers Feeling Effects of Trade War, Farmer Bailout

President Trump just signed a $12 billion bailout

MOORHEAD, Minn. — President Trump’s tariffs on international trade from countries like Mexico and China and the European Union are hitting American farmers hard. His $12 billion farmer bailout is what many agriculture experts say is a band aid. “It’s a short–term bandage where we may be bleeding long in agriculture. In the long run, it really doesn’t help our global…

A Local Alpaca Farm Changing the Game for North Dakota Farmers from Start to Finish

And coincidentally falling onto 10–7 Galchutt Avenue, Ten Seven acres was born

GALCHUTT, N.D. — When you hear about a farm in North Dakota, most have cattle roaming the land while crops like corn and soybeans grow in time for harvest. But KVRR’s Jessie Cohen tells us about one unique farm that is utilizing their livestock from beginning to end. “Neither of us had any idea that we’d ever one end up…

Senate Agriculture Committee Set to Vote on the Farm Bill

WASHINGTON – The Senate Agriculture Committee releases a bipartisan farm bill proposal. Democratic Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are both on the Ag Committee. Klobuchar says the bill protects nutrition assistance programs and Smith adds it protects the sugar program. The House Farm Bill failed last month when the conservative members blocked it over an unrelated immigration bill. The…

Edgeley, ND Farmer Helps Grandson By Plowing His Proposal In His Field

EDGELEY, ND – Jaden Wirrenga wanted to propose to his girlfriend Brooke Beske in a special way, in a way she would always remember. Both being from Fargo, Wirrenga decided to combine Midwest farming with family creativity, and his Grandpa Gene Hanson created that. Jaden and Brooke drove to Edgeley where she was expecting her first airplane ride but as they…

Heitkamp Meets Kindred Students, Discusses Agriculture

She recently introduced the Next Generation in Agriculture Act with Sen. Collins

KINDRED, N.D. — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp spent part of the day visiting schools in Kindred and meeting with students. She started the day at Kindred Elementary, where she spoke to third and fifth graders about her career and the importance of public service. She then went to the high school to talk about how her new bill will help young farmers….